Moraine Park Student Veterans Association recognized as official chapter

by abemis26. November 2013 09:11

Moraine Park Technical College Student Veterans Association was recently approved as an official chapter by the national Student Veterans of America organization.

Student Veterans of America is comprised of over 850 student veteran organizations throughout the United States. The organization is dedicated to help veterans succeed in higher education, achieve their academic goals and gain meaningful employment.

Moraine Park’s Student Veterans Club was started in fall 2012 and currently has 10 members.

“With more than 150 student veterans currently attending Moraine Park we are always looking for ways to further support our students,” Dwane Klostermann, Moraine Park instructor and club advisor, said. “Being recognized as an official chapter by the SVA is another great resource we can provide to student veterans.”

For more information about veteran services at Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park students to host bake sale and raffle

by abemis13. November 2013 10:17

Moraine Park Technical College students are hosting a bake sale and 50/50 raffle at the Fond du Lac Habitat for Humanity ReStore Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Money raised will help fund a study abroad trip to Jamaica through Moraine Park’s International Education program.

Students going on the ten day trip, from Jan. 2-12, 2014, will have the opportunity to participate in service learning projects in health education, renewable energy and sustainable construction while experiencing Jamaican culture.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore will also donate 10 percent of their sales that day to go towards payment of the trip.

For more information about the Jamaica study abroad trip, visit or contact Amy Edwards Patterson at or call 920-887-4470.
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Moraine Park to host free Moroccan cooking demonstration

by abemis11. November 2013 10:18

To celebrate International Education Week, Moraine Park Technical College is holding a free Moroccan cooking demonstration on Monday, Nov. 18, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Room A-111 at Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus. The Moroccan cooking demonstration is open to the community and sponsored by the Moraine Park Culinary Arts Club.

Participants will get a chance to sample Moroccan cuisine and learn more about the 2014 spring study abroad trip to Morocco being offered March 12-23. 

“Moroccan cuisine is highly regarded around the world,” Tom Endejan, Moraine Park culinary arts instructor and leader of the Morocco trip said. “I highly encourage anyone interested in learning more about Morocco to come to this event and experience a taste of the culture.”

An additional information session for the Morocco trip will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5-6 p.m. at all three Moraine Park campuses: Beaver Dam, Room K-204; West Bend, Room N-116; and Fond du Lac, Room A-203.

The Morocco trip offers an educational component, a one-credit course on the culture and cuisine of Morocco. The 12-day trip will include hands-on culinary workshops, lessons from expert culinary guides and an exploration of Morocco’s cultural heritage and unique terrain.

For more details and a tentative travel itinerary, visit or contact Tom Endejan at 920-924-3135 or The deadline to sign up for the trip is Monday, Dec. 2. 

Moraine Park also offers several other study abroad trips including programs in Jamaica and Germany scheduled for 2014. For more information on these study abroad trips or other opportunities offered through Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park to feature Alive and Well Documentary

by abemis8. November 2013 08:02

One in 10,000 people in America have Huntington’s Disease but it’s still a disease most people are unfamiliar with. A new documentary film, Alive and Well, is looking to change that.  Moraine Park Technical College will be hosting a free showing of the new documentary film, Alive and Well at all three of their campus locations on the following dates and times:

- Fond du Lac Campus: Monday, Nov. 11, 11:30 a.m.
- West Bend Campus: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 12:00 p.m.
- Beaver Dam Campus: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m.

Alive and Well follows seven resilient people, including Trey Gray, drummer from country band Brooks and Dunn, coming to terms with the profound reality of living with the hereditary chronic illness know as Huntington’s Disease (HD). Huntington’s Disease causes a progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain that can impact a person’s functional abilities such as movement, thinking and cognitive disorders.

Registration is not required, but is appreciated. Contatct Samantha Saeger, Fond du Lac campus student life specialist at or 800-472-4554 ext. 3101.

For more information about Alive and Well, please visit

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DMI donates $10,000 to Moraine Park Foundation

by abemis7. November 2013 10:02

The Moraine Park Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a donation of $10,000 from Districts Mutual Insurance Company (DMI). The funds will be used to further support Moraine Park students through scholarships and emergency funding provided by the Moraine Park Foundation.

In all, DMI donated $160,000 to the 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges with each college receiving $10,000 for their individual foundations.

“This donation commemorates 10 years of operation,” said Steven Stoeger-Moore, executive vice president and chief operating officer of DMI.

Moraine Park Technical College President Sheila Ruhland said the donation will go a long way in helping support Moraine Park students.

 “We are very grateful for this generous donation from DMI to our foundation,” said Ruhland. “These monetary gifts are an essential piece to providing support and helping our students achieve their educational goals.”

Our goal is always to find ways to best support our students and our partnership with DMI is no exception, said Bonnie Baerwald, vice president of finance and administrative services at Moraine Park.

“We are proud to have a partner like DMI that is dedicated to providing us great service and supporting our students,” said Baerwald.  

DMI was established in 2004 to provide a variety of commercial insurance coverage to meet the needs of the 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges. DMI members participate in an integrated approach to risk management with includes: insurance coverage, loss control, claims management, campus security and environmental health and safety.

For more information about the Moraine Park Foundation, visit



Moraine Park hosting free event to sample classes

by abemis6. November 2013 11:08

Perfect your cupcake decorating skills, learn how to make scrapbooks on Shutterfly, pick up a new hobby in jewelry making and discover paranormal research – all during Moraine Park Technical College’s free Saturday Sampler event, set for Saturday, Nov. 23, on Moraine Park’s Fond du Lac campus.

Two Saturday Sampler sessions will take place between 9-11:15 a.m. Participants can choose between Decorating Delicious Turkey-Themed Cupcakes or Snapshots of Shutterfly from 9-10 a.m., then Beautiful Beaded Earrings or Paranormal Phenomena Update With an Expert from 10:15-11:15 a.m.

 To register for the event, call Melissa Koppenhaver at 1-920-929-2117. Registration deadline for both courses is Wednesday, Nov. 20, or until sessions are filled.

Moraine Park Technical College was established in 1912 and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered.


Moraine Park recognizes Ballweg’s efforts to gain additional financial aid for students

by abemis5. November 2013 15:40

Moraine Park Technical College recently recognized Wisconsin State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) for her leadership efforts to secure an additional $2 million in financial aid funds for the Wisconsin Technical College System.

Pictured from left: Moraine Park Technical College Board Chairperson, Richard Zimman; Wisconsin State Representative, Joan Ballweg; Moraine Park President, Sheila Ruhland; and Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association Executive Director, Paul Gabriel at the Oct. 28, 2013 presentation.

The funds will come from the Wisconsin Higher Education Grants (WHEG) programs and will be available to students during the 2013-15 school years. The additional funds allocated will help to compensate for the shortfall that left over 50,000 eligible students without financial aid.

“This is a great start, but we have a lot more to do to ensure that financial aid is available to eligible students,” Ballweg said. “I urge others to continue to stress the importance of financial aid and help others realize this is a smart investment.”

During the presentation, Richard Zimman, Moraine Park Technical College District Board chairperson, said that in the next decade 54 percent of Wisconsin’s jobs will require a technical education. “Wisconsin’s technical colleges are an essential asset for our state’s future,” Zimman said. “Moraine Park commends Representative Ballweg for her leadership in preparing our state for the future.”

Moraine Park Technical College was established in 1912 and is one of 16 technical college districts that make up the Wisconsin Technical College System. With campuses in Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac and West Bend, Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of formats — classroom, online and blended. Training and technical assistance for businesses is also offered. 

For more information about Moraine Park, visit


Moraine Park to offer personal finance classes at West Bend Campus

by abemis4. November 2013 10:45

Estate planning and investing are an essential part to any financial plan. Learn key concepts and strategies to make the most of your future through two courses, Individual Investors in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Guide to Long-Term Care Basics being offered at Moraine Park Technical College’s West Bend Campus on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and Thursday, Nov. 21.

Individual Investors in Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) held on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 6-8:25 p.m. will educate participants on index funds that investors can buy or sell as a single security. Instructor Nathan Derks will discuss ETFs options and walk participants through whether adding ETFs to their portfolio is a good option.

If one spouse enters a nursing home, this is a compelling legal reason for updating your estate plan with elder and estate planning counsel and it is critically important in order to preserve assets for children. Guide to Long-Term Care planning held on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 6-7:55 p.m. will discuss current Medical Assistance (Title XIX) rules, exempt assets, income versus available assets, community spouse asset share rules, divestment rules and Wisconsin's Lien Recovery rules.

To register for either class, call 1-800-472-4554. Please use course number CRN 20541 for Individual Investors in ETFs, $24.20 (62+ $19.15), and CRN 20442 for Long-Term Care Planning, $14.10 (62+ $11.58). Registration deadline for both courses is Nov. 13.

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Moraine Park accepts nominations for 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award

by abemis31. October 2013 14:04

Moraine Park Technical College is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Nominees must hold a one- or two-year technical diploma, associate degree or associate of applied science degree from a Moraine Park program. Additional criteria include demonstrated service and/or support of Moraine Park, the Wisconsin Technical College System and the community at large, as well as distinguishing oneself through a career or civic activity.

If you know of a deserving alumnus, submit your nomination by Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, to

For more information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award, contact Joan Brezinsky at 920-924-3263 or


Moraine Park counselor publishes children’s book

by abemis28. October 2013 16:05

Changing the way the world is viewed is no small feat but it’s something that Moraine Park Technical College Counselor, Amy Andersen, is striving to do. Andersen inspires others through her work as a counselor, her positive outlook on life and now through her new children’s book, The Rock and the Ripple. 

Moraine Park Technical College Counselor, Amy Andersen (right) with her children and granddaughter at The Rock and the Ripple book signing at Beckets Restaurant in Oshkosh, Wis.

The idea to write the book came to Andersen 17 years ago when her children were growing up.“I wanted to give my children a positive story to teach them about the power of creating a beautiful world by just changing the way they think,” Andersen said.

Through her new book Andersen hopes to empower all children to think positive, dream big and care about the world around them.

The book, published in September 2013, was written and illustrated by Andersen and is recommended for children ages one through ten. Andersen also published another short story, called The Love Triangle, in 2010. For more information or to order one of Andersen’s book, visit